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Week 10: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts

Local Television: Regionally on CBS and locally on WTEV Ch. 47 (Ch. 6 cable), Ian Eagle (play by play) and Solomon Wilcots (color analyst)

Local Radio: WOKV (690 AM) and WKQL (96.9 FM) and the Jaguars Radio Network, Brian Sexton (play by play), Jeff Lageman (color analyst) and Ryan Elijah (field reporter)

THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars move into the second half of the season when they host the Indianapolis Colts at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday at ALLTEL Stadium. The Jaguars are trying to end a three-game losing streak, as they strive for their first victory ever over the Colts. The Jaguars are coming off a 24-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and are now 1-7 this season. Indianapolis is 7-1 after beating the Miami Dolphins 23-17 on Sunday. This will be the Jaguars' only home game in a four-week span. Following Sunday's game, the Jaguars will have road games against the Titans and Jets. And this is the first of back-to-back games against the top two teams in the AFC South, who have a combined record of 13-3. "Recordwise, we're not close to where we'd like to be," said Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio. "We will continue to work hard and get better and look for better results. I understand at 1-7 it would take a miraculous finish to do a whole lot this season. But our approach will be to compete each and every Sunday. I'm not going to concede anything. We will play with energy and attitude."

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are still available for all remaining games. Fans can call 1-877-4-JAGS-TIX or (904) 633-2000 or buy tickets online at jaguars.com.

JAGUARS ON THE AIR THIS WEEK:

Monday — Jaguars Reporters, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio, with Brian Sexton, Vic Ketchman, Cole Pepper

Monday — The Jack Del Rio Show, 7:30 p.m., WTEV Ch. 47

Tuesday — The Jack Del Rio Show, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio

Wednesday — Jaguars This Week, 6:00 p.m., WOKV Radio

Saturday — Jaguars Weekend, 7:30 p.m. and 12:00 a.m., WTEV Ch. 47

Sunday — THE Jaguars Show, 11:00 a.m., WTEV Ch. 47

Sunday — Coggin Pregame Show, 11:30 a.m., WTEV Ch. 47

THE OPPONENT: The Colts began play in Baltimore in 1953 and were one of pro football's most successful franchises for the next two decades. They won world championships in 1958 and '59 behind legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas and six other eventual Pro Football Hall of Famers. They also won the 1968 NFL championship before losing in Super Bowl III. The franchise moved to Indianapolis in 1984 but advanced to the playoffs only one time in the first 11 seasons. In 1995, the Colts won a Wild-Card berth and advanced to the AFC Championship game, losing to Pittsburgh. The Colts made the playoffs in 1999 and 2000 under coach Jim Mora, but they slipped to 6-10 in 2001. Tony Dungy was hired as head coach in 2002 and led the Colts to a 10-6 record and a Wild-Card berth in the playoffs. This season, they are 7-1 and in first place in the AFC South.

THE SERIES: The Jaguars and Colts have played five times, with Indianapolis winning all five games. It is the biggest edge in any series involving the Jaguars. On December 10, 1995, in the Jaguars' inaugural season, the Colts won 41-31 in Jacksonville, and on September 25, 2000, the Colts won 43-14 at the Hoosier Dome. Last season, the Colts swept the series, winning the season opener 28-25 in Jacksonville and the season finale 20-13 in Indianapolis. Earlier this season, the Colts won 23-13 on September 21 in Indianapolis.

THE LAST TIME: The Jaguars lost their third straight game of the season 23-13 to the Indianapolis Colts in the RCA Dome on September 21, 2003. The Jaguars had a 3-0 lead at halftime but were outscored 17-0 in the third quarter in losing for the fifth time in five games to the Colts. Fred Taylor rushed for 126 yards in the loss, his first 100-yard game of the season. QB Mark Brunell hit on 12 of his first 15 passes, as the Jaguars controlled the first half. But Seth Marler missed two field goals attempts, and a three-point lead that could have been bigger could not hold up in the second half. An elbow injury to Brunell started to bother him in the second half, as he missed on his final eight pass attempts. The Jaguars held Marvin Harrison to four catches for 31 yards, but Reggie Wayne scored two touchdowns for the Colts, leading all receivers with 10 receptions for 141 yards. In the third quarter, the Colts had 131 yards to the Jaguars' 21 yards. Byron Leftwich entered the game with 2:20 to play and led Jacksonville to its only touchdown, hitting Matthew Hatchette from eight yards out.

A JAGUARS VICTORY OVER THE COLTS WOULD: Be their second win of the season and give them a 2-7 record. It would give the Jaguars their first victory ever over the Colts, a 2-3 record at home this year and their second win in the AFC South in two seasons.

INJURY UPDATE: The only player injured in the Baltimore game was CB Fernando Bryant (concussion). Four players missed the game because of injuries: QB Mark Brunell (elbow), CB Jason Craft (knee), WR Jimmy Redmond (foot) and DE Lionel Barnes (leg). The status of all injured players will be updated on Wednesday.

THE COACHES: The two head coaches are close friends. Jack Del Rio played for Tony Dungy from 1992 to '95 when Del Rio was the Minnesota Vikings' starting middle linebacker and Dungy was the team's defensive coordinator.

Jack Del Rio was named Jaguars head coach on January 17, 2003, becoming the second head coach in Jaguars' history. At 40, Del Rio is the second youngest head coach in the NFL (four months older than Jon Gruden). Del Rio spent 11 years as an NFL linebacker and had a standout college career at the University of Southern California. He previously coached in New Orleans (1997-98), Baltimore (1999-2001), and Carolina (2002). He was the Panthers' defensive coordinator, and in his only season with the club the defense improved from 31st in the NFL to second, the biggest one season defensive improvement in NFL history. Del Rio was the linebackers coach for three seasons in Baltimore, where the Ravens' defense also ranked second each season. He helped the team win Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants and coached the Ravens' talented linebackers, overseeing the development of Peter Boulware, Jamie Sharper and Ray Lewis, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV. Prior to coaching, Del Rio played 11 seasons in the NFL, with New Orleans (1985-86), Kansas City (1987-88), Dallas (1989-1991) and Minnesota (1992-95), playing in the Pro Bowl following the 1994 season. Del Rio was a starter at linebacker for Southern California (1981-84), where he earned All-America honors, was a runner-up for the Lombardi Award and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. Del Rio has learned from some of the best coaches in all of football. He was recruited to USC and played for John Robinson, and in the NFL he played under Bum Phillips, Jim Mora, Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Green. As an assistant coach, he has worked for Hall of Famer Mike Ditka and Super Bowl winner Brian Billick, as well as John Fox. Drafted by baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, Del Rio batted .340 while playing catcher on USC's baseball team in 1983 and 1984 with future stars Randy Johnson and Mark McGwire. He was a third-round choice by the New Orleans Saints in 1985 and was named to the NFL's All-Rookie team.

In his first season as the Colts' head coach in 2002, Tony Dungy directed the club to a 10-6 record, his fourth career double-digit victory total and a four-game improvement from the Colts' 2001 record. Dungy compiled a 56-46 record during six seasons in Tampa Bay (1996-2001), leading them to the playoffs four times, including the NFC Central title and a trip to the NFC Championship game in 1999. Prior to Dungy's arrival, the franchise had not reached the playoffs since 1982, and had not won the NFC Central since 1981. Dungy quickly righted the franchise, earning Coach of the Year honors in 1997. Dungy was Minnesota's defensive coordinator from 1992 to '95. Dungy also coached Kansas City's defensive backs (1989-1991), and was an assistant with Pittsburgh (1981-88), including the last four as defensive coordinator. Dungy played quarterback at Minnesota (1973-76), finishing his career as the school's all-time leader in attempts, completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes. He played in the Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and the Japan Bowl. He signed with the Steelers as a free agent and played safety for two seasons (1977-78), totaling nine interceptions in 30 games, including six in 1978. Dungy played in Pittsburgh's Super Bowl XIII victory. He was traded to San Francisco in 1979, then retired in 1980. He has a coaching record of 71-49.

JACKSONVILLE-INDIANAPOLIS CONNECTIONS:Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio played for Tony Dungy when the latter was the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator from 1992 to '95. … The only former Jaguar on the Colts is FB Detron Smith, who spent the 2002 training camp with the team. … The only former Colt on the Jaguars is MLB Mike Peterson (1999-2002). … Colts assistants who coached for the Vikings while Del Rio played for Minnesota are TE coach Chris Foerster and DL coach John Teerlinck. … Colts special teams coach Russ Purnell coached special teams at Southern California while Del Rio played there from 1981 to '84. Purnell also coached Jaguars WR/KR Jermaine Lewis with the Baltimore Ravens from 1999 to '01. … Jaguars strength and conditioning coach Mark Asanovich held the same position with the Buccaneers under Tony Dungy from 1996 to 2001 … Indianapolis' OL coach Howard Mudd held the same position with the Kansas City Chiefs while Del Rio was a Chief (1989-91). … Two Colts have ties to the state of Florida: RB Edgerrin James (Immokalee, University of Miami) and DE Chad Bratzke (Brandon). … Two Jaguars have ties to the state of Indiana: DE Paul Spicer (Indianapolis, Northwest High School) and LB Akin Ayodele (Purdue) … Players who were college teammates include: Jaguars LB Danny Clark and Colts WR Aaron Moorehead at Illinois; Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich and Colts G Steve Sciullo at Marshall; Jaguars LB Keith Mitchell and Colts RB Deron Smith at Texas A&M; Jaguars DT Matt Leonard with Colts RB Brian Allen and WR Troy Walters at Stanford; Jaguars OT Maurice Williams and Colts DT Josh Williams at Michigan; Jaguars S Nick Sorensen and Colts DB Cory Bird at Virginia Tech; and Jaguars S Deke Cooper and Colts P Hunter Smith at Notre Dame … Jaguars LS/TE Joe Zelenka played for Colts QB coach Jim Caldwell at Wake Forest… Jaguars S James Trapp, S Anthony Mitchell, and KR Jermaine Lewis were all teammates with Colts WR Brandon Stokley with the Baltimore Ravens, Jaguars G Chris Naeole and Colts RB Ricky Williams are former teammates with New Orleans.

JAGUARS VS. COLTS: Here are the accumulated statistics for players in the Jaguars-Colts series:

Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich — 1 game; 4 of 5 for 32 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT

Jaguars RB Fred Taylor – 4 games; 70 carries for 339 yards, 1 TD; 8 receptions for 60 yards

Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith — 4 games; 27 receptions for 350 yards, 3 TDs

Colts QB Peyton Manning – 4 games; 95 of 116 for 1,013 yards, 10 TDs, 1 INTs

Colts RB Edgerrin James – 4 games; 90 carries for 350 yards, 1 TD, 11 receptions for 137 yards

Colts WR Marvin Harrison – 4 games; 16 receptions for 196 yards, 2 TDs

Colts WR Reggie Wayne — 2 games; 12 receptions for 176 yards, 2 TDs

Colts PK Mike Vanderjagt — 4 games; 34 points on 13 of 13 PATs and 7 of 8 FGAs

Practices are held at the new practice fields adjacent to ALLTEL Stadium. Check with the Jaguars' Communications office (633-6000) to schedule interviews.

LAST WEEK: The Jaguars lost their seventh game of the season to the Baltimore Ravens 24-14 at M&T Bank Stadium in a battle of rookie quarterbacks — Byron Leftwich for Jacksonville and Kyle Boller for Baltimore. The Jaguars fell to 1-7 at the midpoint of the season. Jacksonville had a chance to tie the game with less than a minute to play. But Leftwich was intercepted by Ray Lewis at the Ravens' 9-yard line with 44 seconds remaining and the Jaguars come-from-behind bid failed. The Jaguars tied the game 10-10 late in the third period on a 15-yard fumble return by Akin Ayodele. But the Ravens scored on a field goal, and then Leftwich lost fumbles on successive possessions at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and Baltimore scored 11 points, taking a 24-10 lead. Leftwich connected with David Allen on a 5-yard touchdown pass, and then the Jaguars forced the Ravens into a three-and-out, getting the ball back at the 20-yard line with 1:49 to play for their final chance. Overall, even though the Jaguars allowed a touchdown on Baltimore's opening series of the game and a field goal on their first drive of the second half, they held the Ravens to only 259 yards and nine first downs on offense. The NFL's leading rusher, Jamal Lewis, rushed 21 times for only 68 yards (his fewest of the season so far) to end a six-game streak of 100-yard outings.

NOTES FROM THE RAVENS GAME: The Jaguars have now lost six consecutive games to the Ravens, after having won eight straight games at the start of the series. … The past seven meetings and 12 of 14 all-time have been decided by seven points or less. (eight have decided by three points or less. … The Jaguars had more first downs (20 to 9), more yards (320 to 259) and more time of possession (34:53 to 25:07). … The nine first downs allowed by Jacksonville was the lowest since Cleveland had just 2 on 12/3/00. … The Jaguars rushed for 134 yards, the most against the Ravens so far this season. … The Jaguars had three turnovers and two takeaways and are now minus-five for the season. … Byron Leftwich completed 22 of 34 passes (64.7) for 208 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 79.0 (his second highest in a game he started). With his TD pass to David Allen, Leftwich has produced a score in seven straight games at the start of his career (running or passing), tying for the third-longest streak of players who began their careers since 1970. Ahead of Leftwich are Mark Rypien (11) and Oliver Luck (8), and he is tied with Dan Marino. … Fred Taylor led the team with 78 yards rushing on 22 carries. He also led the team with six receptions for 30 yards. WR Jimmy Smith paced the team with 72 receiving yards on five catches. … David Allen's TD catch was his first NFL score. He accounted for 119 all-purpose yards (20 receiving, 5 punt returns and 94 kickoff returns). … Mark Royals punted seven times for a 44.1 average, with one touchbacks (first of the season) and two inside the 20. He had five kicks returned for 31 yards and a 36.9-yard net average. … Akin Ayodele's touchdown on a fumble recovery was the team's first defensive score since Ainsley Battles on 12/3/01 vs. Green Bay. … Mike Peterson got the Jaguars' only interception, the eighth of his career and first as a Jaguar. … The Jaguars made no sacks and allowed four sacks. … MLB Mike Peterson led the team with 10 tackles (6 solo), followed by S Deke Cooper and LB Akin Ayodele with 9 tackles each. … Every player who dressed saw action except QB David Garrard and G/OT Leander Jordan. The inactive players were: QB Mark Brunell, WR Jimmy Redmond, CB Jason Craft, LB Tony Gilbert, OT/G Sammy Williams, OL Marques Ogden, WR Matthew Hatchette and DE Lionel Barnes. … Jaguars captains were: SS Donovin Darius, DT John Henderson, C Brad Meester, FB Marc Edwards and S Nick Sorensen.

JIMMY SMITH VS. RAVENS: In 14 career games against the Baltimore Ravens, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has caught 93 passes for 1,479 yards, an average of 105.6 yards per game that is the third-best per-game receiving mark by a player against an opponent since 1970 (minimum five career games). Smith has six 100-yard games against Baltimore.

FROM COACH JACK DEL RIO ON THE RAVENS GAME: "I thought we had a good plan coming in. It all starts with being able to stop 31 (Jamal Lewis) who is a heck of a running back behind a big offensive line. Our guys were up for the challenge, they came out and played physical with them and controlled the ball offensively in the first half as far as time of possession. We knew it would be a tight game. The last 10 games with these guys have been tight, so we were up for a 60-minute fight. But in the end we didn't make the plays. We were looking to stem the tide and we will continue to look. We know what we have to do … we have to win that fourth quarter and make the plays to win. And this one got away from us at the end. We gave ourselves an opportunity by coming out and fighting hard and having a good plan. But the turnovers hurt. The Ravens thrive on getting those turnovers and they ended up getting 11 points off those (two fourth-quarter) turnovers."

(on Byron Leftwich's fumble problems) "Anytime there are mistakes, something can be improved upon. I've got to watch the tape to know. I didn't get a good shot of the replays."

(on keeping the team focused for the rest of the season) "We'll get it and we're going to continue to demand it. Our guys are giving it up for me and this team is working hard — we're just not finishing the deal. We're working hard and we will continue to work hard."

FROM QB BYRON LEFTWICH: (on his fumbles) "It's something we'll take a look at. We've got to get better and we can't have those things happen. They happen and you just have to deal with them and find a way to stop them from happening. You just have to get back in there and try to correct those mistakes."

(on the interception on the last drive) "It's just one of those I wish I could have had back."

FROM LB AKIN AYODELE: (on the fourth quarter) "They got some turnovers from the offense and some real good field position. I thought we were pretty solid on the run defense the whole game with every man taking care of his responsibility."

(on the game) "Regardless of how bad the game went, we were still in a position to win it in the end. It was just some of the little things like the touchdown to open the game and the touchdown in the fourth quarter — you take out those and we find ourselves back in the game."

(on staying positive) "You have to. We're all still looking for a win, we're going to go back and regroup and get ready for next week."

FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: (on the game) "We have to do a better job of protecting the quarterback. If we protect him, we won't have any fumbles. Protect the pocket and let him have a couple of seconds to throw the ball. We all have to be patient, and you can't put everything on No. 7. When you lose, the first people to take blame is the head coach and the quarterback, so we have to be patient and keep plugging away."

(on the game) " We know we need a little more offense, and even though we're going through this learning period we're still in position to win games against some pretty good teams. Baltimore's defense was ranked No. 5 in the league and we moved the ball pretty good against them. Those are the things we have to focus on as a team."

FROM S DONOVIN DARIUS: "One thing I can say about this team, despite the record, guys are going to give everything they have. It starts on the practice field giving everything they have, hustling to the ball, finishing every play. And it carried over to today. Coach said we're never happy about a loss, but what you should be proud of is the effort that you've given. There's no such thing as a moral victory, but what you want to do when you look at the film, when you look each other in the eye, you want to know that you've given everything that you could in the effort of winning."

NEXT WEEK: The Jaguars will go back on the road when they travel to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans at 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday, November 16 at The Coliseum. It will be the 18th regular-season game between the two franchises, the most ever in a Jaguars series, and the Titans hold a 10-7 lead (Tennessee also won the 1999 AFC Championship game). The Titans have won the last four games, including a 30-17 victory on October 26. This season, the Titans are 6-2 and in second place in the AFC South.

MIDSEASON ROOKIE REPORT: The Jaguars' top three choices in this year's draft are starting, and several others are playing key roles. Here's a quick look at the 13 rookies on the team's roster (including one on injured reserve):

QB Byron Leftwich (first round) — Has started the last five games and is the highest-ranked rookie passer this season. Ranks 11th in the AFC with a 74.6 passer rating. In seven games, has thrown for 1,313 yards and seven touchdowns.

S/CB Rashean Mathis (second round) — Has started all eight games, the first six at free safety and the last two at right cornerback in place of an injured Jason Craft. Has 35 tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed (second on team).

G Vince Manuwai (third round) — Has started all eight games at left guard. Could become the first rookie offensive lineman since Maurice Williams in 2001 to start all 16 games.

TE George Wrighster (fourth round) — Team's No. 2 tight end has started one game and caught five passes and scored two touchdowns.

RB LaBrandon Toefield (fourth round) — Team's second-leading rusher behind Fred Taylor, with 22 carries for 73 yards. Also ranks second on team in kickoff returns with 18.7-yard average.

DE Brandon Green (sixth round) — On injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in practice on September 17. Had made opening day roster.

OL Marques Ogden (sixth round) — A developmental player, he has been inactive all eight games.

PK Seth Marler — An undrafted rookie signed by the Jaguars in April, he has held down the team's placekicking duties all season. Leads the team with 48 points and has made eight of his last nine field goal attempts.

CB Blue Adams — Seventh-round draft choice of Detroit was signed off Tampa Bay's practice squad on October 8 and has played in last two games.

CB Chris Brown — Jaguars' undrafted rookie has seen action on special teams in last three games.

LB Tony Gilbert — A sixth-round draft choice of the Cardinals, he was signed off Arizona's practice squad last week and is now the backup middle linebacker.

WR Cortez Hankton — Undrafted rookie is team's No. 3 wide receiver and valuable special teams player. Has nine receptions for 77 yards.

DT Matt Leonard — Another undrafted rookie signed by Jacksonville following the draft, Leonard played in his first NFL game Sunday against the Ravens after spending the previous five games on the practice squad (he made the opening day roster and was inactive for two games).

THE RUSH STOPS HERE: In the last seven games, the Jaguars have held opposing starting ballcarriers to an average of 59 yards per game and an average of only 2.9 yards per rush. For the season, the Jaguars rank seventh in the NFL in rushing defense (93.0 yards per game) and second in the NFL in rushing yards per attempt (3.2).

Under head coach Jack Del Rio, the Jaguars' defense has improved from 20th overall in 2002 to ninth this year, and the run defense has improved from 25th a year ago to seventh.

The Jacksonville run defense is on pace to be better than the Carolina defense in 2002, when Del Rio was the Panthers' defensive coordinator. Last season, the panthers finished eighth in run defense, allowing 103 yards per game and first in average per rush (3.7). The Jaguars are allowing only seven rushing yards more per game than the 85.9 yards rushing allowed by the No. 1-ranked Steelers in 2002.

SMITH 18TH AND 20TH AMONG ALL-TIME RECEIVERS: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith ranks 18th on the NFL's all-time receiving list and 20th in career receiving yards. Smith has 686 career receptions for 9,621 yards.

BRADY RANKS NO. 5 AMONG TIGHT ENDS: In the last five seasons, the Jaguars' Kyle Brady has the fifth most receptions of active tight ends.

TAYLOR HAS SEVENTH-MOST TOUCHDOWNS LAST FIVE YEARS:Despite missing 24 full games and parts of nine others, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor has scored the seventh-most touchdowns over the last six seasons among active players.

NEW FACES: There are 29 new faces among the 53 players on the Jaguars' current roster. Here is the breakdown.

Unrestricted Free Agents (4) — DE Hugh Douglas, FB Marc Edwards, LB Keith Mitchell, LB Mike Peterson

Veteran Free Agents (11) — DE Lionel Barnes, S Deke Cooper, WR Troy Edwards, RB Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, WR Matthew Hatchette, LB Deon Humphrey, G Jamar Nesbit, P Mark Royals, S Nick Sorensen, WR J.J. Stokes, OT/G Sammy Williams

First-year free agents (1) — RB/KR David Allen

Trade (1) — S Anthony Mitchell

Draft Choices (8) — QB Byron Leftwich, DB Rashean Mathis, G Vince Manuwai, TE George Wrighster, RB LaBrandon Toefield, OT Marques Ogden, CB Blue Adams (signed off Tampa Bay's practice squad), LB Tony Gilbert (signed off Arizona's practice squad)

Undrafted Rookies (4) — CB Chris Brown, WR Cortez Hankton, DT Matt Leonard, PK Seth Marler

O-LINE AND D-LINE: For the first time in Jaguars history, the starting offensive line and defensive line have stayed the same for the first eight games.

The offensive line of LT Mike Pearson, LG Vince Manuwai, C Brad Meester, RG Chris Naeole and RT Maurice Williams has started all eight games, with all of the starters except Manuwai and Pearson having played every offensive snap (both players have alternated some with their backups).

In 1997, the offensive line did not change for the first 10 games of the season (LT Tony Boselli, LG Ben Coleman, C Dave Widell, RG Rich Tylski and RT Leon Searcy). For the 11th game, Michael Cheever moved in at center, and then there were numerous changes the rest of the season due to injuries.

In the franchise's first eight seasons, the defensive line had never gone past the fourth game of the season before the starters changed. This year, the starters — LE Tony Brackens, DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, and RE Hugh Douglas — play 50 to 80 percent of the defensive snaps, while often rotating with backups such as DEs Lionel Barnes and Paul Spicer and DT Rob Meier.

JAGUARS ROOKIE STARTERS ON OPENING DAY: Two members of this year's draft class started the season opener, becoming the 11th and 12th rookies to start for the Jaguars on opening day.

1995 — OT Brian DeMarco, TE Pete Mitchell, RB James Stewart

1996 — LB Kevin Hardy

1997 — None

1998 — S Donovin Darius

1999 — CB Fernando Bryant

2000 — G Brad Meester, DB Kiwaukee Thomas

2001 — S Marlon McCree, OT Maurice Williams

2002 — None

2003 — G Vince Manuwai, S Rashean Mathis

JAGUARS IN THE COMMUNITY: Each week during the NFL season, Jaguars players are involved in the community making visits to schools and other non-profit agencies. Here are some visits for this week:

Tuesday, November 4

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. OL Marques Ogden will visit Mandarin Middle School and address the students about good character and drug awareness.

10:00 –11:00 a.m. S James Trapp will visit Eugene Butler Middle School to congratulate 25 winning students who attended the Jaguars-Titans game and to encourage the students to continue work hard for the chance to see a Jaguars game. The students are rewarded to a game by showing improvement in their attendance, behavior and schoolwork throughout the week.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. QB David Garrard, TE/LS Joe Zelenka and CB Rashean Mathis will attend a fundraiser luncheon benefiting the Otis Smith Kids Foundation.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. DE Brandon Green will read to students at University Christian Elementary School as part of National Young Reader's Day.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CB Fernando Bryant will visit the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless to take part in the unveiling of this year's holiday card created by one of the youth housed at the center.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. TE/LS Joe Zelenka will appear at the Wal-Mart Supercenter located at 464016 SR 200 in Yulee to meet fans and sign autographs as part of the store's grand opening. The in-store event is sponsored by Pepsi.

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. QB David Garrard and his wife Mary will sign autographs at the Winn-Dixie Marketplace located at 10915 Baymeadows Road to promote the Jaguars ninth annual Family Food Drive.

JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: The Jaguars rank 15th in the NFL in total offense (20th rushing, seventh passing), and they are ninth in defense (seventh rushing and 17th passing). … QB Byron Leftwich is 11th in the AFC in passing with a 73.6 passer rating. … PK Seth Marler is tied for ninth in the AFC with 48 points (15 of 15 PATS, 11 of 16 FGAs). … RB Fred Taylor is sixth in the AFC with 583 rushing yards and is tied for ninth in the AFC with 38 receptions (second among running backs). He ranks fifth in the conference with 874 yards from scrimmage. … P Mark Royals ranks fifth in the AFC with a 37.4-yard net average and 10th in the AFC with a 42.0 gross average. … David Allen is 12th in the AFC with an 7.6 average on punt returns, and he is tied for 10th with a 22.1 average on kickoff returns. … DE Tony Brackens is tied for 13th in the AFC with four sacks.

STATS AND SUCH: A total of 16 players have started every game this season (seven on offense and nine on defense): OTs Mike Pearson and Maurice Williams, Gs Vince Manuwai and Chris Naeole, C Brad Meester, RB Fred Taylor, FB Marc Edwards, DEs Tony Brackens and Hugh Douglas, DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson, LBs Mike Peterson and Akin Ayodele, CB Fernando Bryant, and S Donovin Darius and S/CB Rashean Mathis. … In eight games, the Jaguars have used three different starting lineup combinations on offense and the defense used four different starting combinations.

The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 24 points, while their opponents scored 58 points off Jaguars' turnovers. … The Jaguars have had 10 plays of 30 or more yards in 2003. They had only 16 plays of 30-plus yards in 2002, 11 in 2001, 26 in 2000, 23 in 1999, 29 in 1998, 22 in 1997, 26 in 1996 and 12 in 1995. The Jaguars have allowed nine 30-plus plays this season… Of the Jaguars' 172 completed passes, 83 have been to wide receivers, 23 to tight ends and 66 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 5 for 11 on fourth-down conversions; their opponents are 4 for 5 … On 18 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 10 touchdowns and six field goals. Their opponents have had 23 trips inside the red zone and have come away with 14 touchdowns and seven field goals. … Jaguars opponents have begun 12 possessions inside their own 20 and scored on one of those drives (1 TD), while the Jaguars have begun 23 possessions inside their own 20 and scored on six of those drives (4 TDs, 2 FGs). … In nine seasons, the Jaguars are 17 for 27 on two-point conversions (0 for 1 in 2003), while their opponents are 8 for 26 (1 for 3 in 2003). … In nine seasons, the Jaguars' record for each month is: 1-0 in August, 16-17 in September, 14-21 in October, 19-13 in November, 18-15 in December and 1-1 in January. … In 2003, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the second quarter (50-31), and have been outscored in the first quarter (10-48), third quarter (40-54) and fourth quarter (44-75).

Mark Brunell is 63-54 in 117 regular-season starts, 67-58 overall. Byron Leftwich is 1-4. … WR Jimmy Smith has played in 131 of the 136 games in Jaguars history. Of the current players, next are QB Mark Brunell (120) and DE Tony Brackens (100). … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by C Brad Meester (56), followed by WR Jimmy Smith (43) and then four players with 24 consecutive starts: CB Fernando Bryant, RB Fred Taylor, DT Marcus Stroud and G Chris Naeole (who has 64 straight starts dating back to 1999 with New Orleans) … The Jaguars' current longest streak of games played is held by TE Kyle Brady (58), followed by Meester (56) and DT Rob Meier (56). … Eight players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: P Mark Royals (216), WR Jimmy Smith (138), TE Kyle Brady (132), QB Mark Brunell (122), WR J.J. Stokes (117), DE Hugh Douglas (114), FB Marc Edwards (104) and DE Tony Brackens (100). … Brady leads with 125 career starts, followed by Brunell (117) and Smith (110).

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